Category Archives: Bretagne

Chartres Cathedral, Episode 26

Chartres cathedral

The Chartres Cathedral

This week we take you to the world-famous Gothic Chartres Cathedral, one of the oldest UNESCO World Heritage Sites in France, and a place where the blue stained-glass windows will surely take your breath away. We discuss the circumstances surrounding the building of this Cathedral in the 1200s, the pilgrimage that brought hundreds of thousands to this church over the last 800 years, and how you can visit it on an easy 6-hour day-trip from Paris. You’ve heard Elyse make reference to it many times on the podcast, now you should consider going to see it for yourself!

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 Episode Highlights
  • How you can visit Chartres on a Day-Trip from Paris
  • One of the first areas of France to be Christianized
  • Oldest UNESCO World Heritage Site in France
  • Relic of the Virgin Mary at the Chartres Cathedral
  • The Chartres school of philosophy founded in the 10th Century
  • The Romanesque church of Chartres burned down in the year 1195
  • The new Gothic Cathedral was completed in 1224 and it only took 30 years
  • The tenants of Gothic Architecture
  • Built after Saint-Denis, but before Notre Dame
  • Blue stained-glass windows
  • There are 26,000 square feet of stained-glass windows at the Chartres Cathedral
  • The Labyrinth on the floor
  • The cost of restoration
  • How this masterpiece survived WWI and WWII
  • The Crypt
  • The city
  • How to visit by train from Paris
  • 3 great day-trips from Paris

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D-Day History, Normandy Invasion Special, Episode 18S


D-Day History, Normandy Invasion

D-Day History and Normandy Invasion Special

In this special episode on  D-Day History and the Normandy Invasion, Annie and Elyse remember the events of D-Day seventy years ago and the bravery of people involved. Elyse puts the whole tragic day into context: events leading up to it and a few critical details of what happened on that day. Then we share our experiences visiting the beaches in Normandy, the museums, the cemeteries. This is definitely a sobering and emotional topic, but seventy years later we should ask again: Are French grateful today? What are you likely to experience when you visit? Did this day truly change the course of time?

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Episode Highlights

  • Introduction: 70th Anniversary celebrations in France
  • Setting the stage for the invasion: major players
  • The decoy operation
  • Preparations for D-Day
  • The invasion
    • Weather
    • Breakdown of troops by nationality
    • The Battle of Normandy
  • Memorials in Normandy
  • Conclusion: D-Day History plays a big part in French history and French people have not forgotten

If you enjoy this episode, also listen to Episode 116, Episode 101, and Episode 140 that all have to do with Normandy.

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